Neuroscience

Fatal fits and nods affect us all

A child with intractable seizures is heartbreaking for family, friends and the neurologist who searches for effective therapy. But a child with intractable seizures who lives in dire poverty, who is malnourished, who cannot obtain medications, and who is rejected by government, by school and eventually by a desperate family is utterly devastating to anyone with compassion for humanity. This is precisely the situation today for thousands of children affected by Nodding Syndrome in northern … Read More

First annual Art of Neuroscience competition now accepting entries

The first annual ‘Art of Neuroscience’ competition is now accepting entries. All OHSU staff, faculty and students/trainees are invited to submit an original image that explores the aesthetics of brain and mind as a broad topic. From molecules to psychiatry, all interpretations of the artistic aspects of neuroscience are welcome. We are delighted to have a special category and prize designated just for high school students. Students should submit their art with the same information (including … Read More

“Brain team” collaboration helps kids learn about the influence of alcohol

ThinkFirst Oregon, the Portland Alcohol Research Center, and the Oregon Poison Center, (AKA the Brain Team) all located at OHSU, recently collaborated on a presentation for kids in grades 4-6, addressing the influence of alcohol on the brain. During a two day period, over 900 students were bussed into the Safe Kids Union County Safety Fair, held at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande, Oregon. In 15 minute rotations, students learned about brain … Read More

Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm

NW Noggin, the brain-child of Bill Griesar and Jeff Leake, is an arts-and-science integrated outreach program that targets underserved communities in the Portland-metropolitan area. Teams of artists and scientists from universities all over the Portland/Vancouver area collaborate to create art-based science projects that illustrate complex concepts in ways that non-experts can understand. Recently, NW Noggin was invited to travel to DC to participate in “Briefing with Brains,” a week-long series of events aimed to inform … Read More

Neurosurgery resident waltzes through joys of ballroom dance

There may be a joke out there somewhere about how ballroom dancing is hardly brain surgery, but Kunal Gupta isn’t likely going to be the person to make it. Instead, Gupta, a native of the United Kingdom, is actually someone with an affinity for and a connection to both brain surgery and ballroom dancing. Now in his fourth of seven years as a neurosurgery resident at Oregon Health & Science University, Gupta, MBChB, PhD, grew … Read More

Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2015

As we welcome in the new year, here’s a look back at the brain-related news you may have missed; a round-up of our most read blog posts of 2015: 1. Acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain Peripheral Neuropathy is a common neurologic condition, which affects the peripheral nerves. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation. More… 2. Dietary and lifestyle modifications for migraine … Read More

Neurology residents teach Milwaukie 5th graders about the brain

“What have you learned about the brain so far today?” Hands shot into the air all around the 5th grade classroom at Linwood Elementary. “I learned that you have to wear a helmet.” “I knew this already, but that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body.” It was an unusual day. As a resident in pediatric neurology, I usually spend my days seeing patients in the hospital or in … Read More

Valerie Palmer recognized for innovative social-impact contributions

Valerie Palmer, faculty instructor at OHSU, was recently selected by Encore.org as one of 41 Purpose Prize Fellows for her work creating an education exchange, bringing services to immigrant refugees and raising health-care professionals’ cultural awareness and cooperation. Encore.org is a national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the experience of people in midlife and beyond who are using their encore years – the time of traditional retirement – to undertake powerful social-impact projects. Valerie S. Palmer Faculty Instructor, … Read More

OBI’s Bobby Heagerty featured at national meeting

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held its 45th annual meeting in Chicago recently, attracting 30,000 neuroscientists from around the world to the windy city. Bobby Heagerty, director of community education and outreach for the OHSU Brain Institute (OBI), was asked to participate as a keynote speaker for the workshop on Brain Awareness. Introduced by Steve Hyman, president of SfN, and attended by several hundred participants, Bobby’s presentation made five key points to how to create a … Read More

Acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain

Peripheral Neuropathy is a common neurologic condition, which affects the peripheral nerves. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation. Walking, especially on hard or cold surfaces can be very painful, often described as walking on ground glass or stepping on pebbles. When large nerve fibers are involved, patients are more likely to experience sensory loss and weakness in the feet and sometimes hands. … Read More

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